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Damon Would Move For Hunter

Johnny Damon told the Pioneer Press he would be willing to move to right field if the Yankees were to acquire Hunter. Hunter has talked openly about playing for the Yankees if the Twins do not show a commitment to winning beyond this season.

"I know how good Torii Hunter is, and he would be a good fit," Damon said before Friday night's game at the Metrodome. "We still have Gary Sheffield (in right field), which Gary may end up moving to the DH spot. I'm sure there's a lot that we can do. Whatever makes the team better."

Hunter, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is in the final season of an original four-year, $32 million contract, with the Twins holding a $12 million option for 2007. Sheffield is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees. New York is expected to pick up his $13 million option for 2007.

Via Pioneer Press

Hunter May Bolt If Twins Aren't Ready To Win

Torii Hunter's future will play itself out this season. Hunter, 30, in the final season of a four-year, $32 million contract, has made it clear that if the Twins do not win this season or show a commitment to winning next year, he wants to play elsewhere.

"I think about it all the time," said Hunter, referring to the prospects of playing for the New York Yankees or other big-market teams. "I'm human. I know how to take it out of my mind when I'm playing the game, but when I'm sitting here (in the clubhouse) and look around at some of these younger guys ? I look at Joe Mauer. I look at Justin Morneau. They have all the time in the world.

"But for me, five, six more years, it might be the end for me. So I need to go out and try to win the World Series. I can't go backwards."

The Twins have a $12 million option on Hunter's contract for 2007, and whether the tight-fisted franchise exercises the option depends mostly on how the team fares in 2006.

Via Pioneer Press

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